The philosophical case for going vegan is about pleasure—not preachiness

The philosophical case for going vegan is about pleasure—not preachiness

“Of course reading and thinking are important but, my God, food is important too.” These are the words of philosopher Iris Murdoch, and I am inclined to agree with her. Food is not just important to our health and our pleasure, but because it helps define the kind of people we are. In this regard, one might say, you are what you eat.

Our society’s growing interest in veganism is a sign that many people—at least those privileged enough to have a fair amount of choice in their dietary habits—feel driven to ensure that their food aligns with their sense of self. In part, this is because public perceptions of veganism have shifted. The old-fashioned idea is that veganism is […]

Robot Writing, AI, and Marketing: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Robot Writing, AI, and Marketing: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Picture if you will, dear reader, the marketing apocalypse, a place where human-powered engines are less and less relevant and we are facing a new dawn: robot writing, triggered email campaigns, automated social scheduling and responses, ways to track users wherever they go.

Oh, hang on. Isn’t that . . . ? the future is here Yeah, it is. We would say welcome to the future, but that scares an awful lot of people. Case in point: all these stories about the robots coming to take our marketing jobs. There is legitimate worry in our industry today, and with good reason. AI and marketing are a perfect mix; so much of what we do involves crunching data and analytics. Surely […]

Fatty Western diets make prostate cancer more aggressive - but a new type of statin could control the disease, new study claims

Fatty Western diets make prostate cancer more aggressive – but a new type of statin could control the disease, new study claims

Researchers at Harvard and Beth Israel have made a ‘breakthrough’ discovery about how prostate cancer is fueled

They found fatty diets drive tumors to spread around the body

The team also found a cholesterol-fighting drug could control the spread

A high-fat American diet of fast food and processed meats fuels the spread of prostate cancer, new research has shown.However, experiments found a cholesterol-fighting drug boosted genes which shut down the cells’ fat-production, bringing the disease under control.The link between fat-laden foods and cancers including those of the prostate – the most common form among men – is well-known.But the researchers have now shed fresh light on the genetic mechanisms that boost spread, and how diet plays […]

NSFW Lesbosexy Sunday Is Thinking About Sex Robots

NSFW Lesbosexy Sunday Is Thinking About Sex Robots

Feature image of Valentine and Calico in Crash Pad episode 232 . All of the photographs in this NSFW Sunday are from the Crash Pad Series. The inclusion of a visual here should not be interpreted as an assertion of the model’s gender identity or sexual orientation. If you’re a photographer or model and think your work would be a good fit for NSFW Sunday, please email carolyn at autostraddle dot com.

Welcome to NSFW Sunday! Goddess Ixchel and Ray in Crash Pad Series episode 252 There’s no “right way” to use a vibrator — just pay attention to your body and what feels good — which can make buying one feel complicated. If you’ve never used a vibrator before, […]

Hawaii and the Horror of Human Error

Hawaii and the Horror of Human Error

An electronic sign reads "There is no threat" in Oahu, Hawaii, U.S., after a false emergency alert that said a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, in this January 13, 2018 photo obtained from social media. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the end of the Cold War was that it came to an end without the firing of any of the world’s tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, despite decades-worth of close calls, high alerts, and simple mistakes that inched world leaders shockingly close to engaging in a nuclear exchange.

The terrifying 38 minutes endured by residents of Hawaii as they waited for the bombs to fall after receiving text messages that a ballistic missile was on its way […]

GM will make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019

GM will make an autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals by 2019

General Motors plans to mass-produce self-driving cars that lack traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals by 2019, the company announced today. Its a bold declaration for the future of driving from one of the country’s Big Three automakers, and one that is sure to shake things up for the industry as the annual Detroit Auto Show kicks off next week.

The car will be the fourth generation of its driverless, all-electric Chevy Bolts, which are currently being tested on public roads in San Francisco and Phoenix. And when they roll off the assembly line of GM’s manufacturing plant in Orion, Michigan, they’ll be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in a number of cities.

“It’s a pretty exciting moment in the history […]